- Adam Braun is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, a leading nonprofit organization that has broken ground on more than 100 schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America and delivered over 4 million educational hours in its first four years. PoP was founded with just $25 using what Braun coined as a “For-Purpose” approach to blending nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles.Braun began on the path towards a career in finance, until he met a young boy begging on the streets and asked him what he wanted most in the world. The answer- “A pencil.” Braun then backpacked through 50+ countries to understand what kept children in poverty and eventually left a dream job at Bain & Company to launch Pencils of Promise. Braun was selected to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and as one of the first ten World Economic Forum Global Shapers. He now speaks often on education, youth empowerment, emerging technologies and the intersection of the nonprofit and for-profit spaces. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, previously worked at leading consulting firm Bain & Company and has been featured at the United Nations, Clinton Global Initiative, Google Zeitgeist, Mashable’s Innovation Index and Wired Magazine’s 2012 Smart List of 50 People Changing the World.”
- Alexis is the founder and CEO of Artsicle, a site to discover your taste in art and rent original work to enjoy at home. Artsicle has been named one of the “Silicon Alley 100” by Business Insider and called the “Gallerists to the People” by the New York Times. Previously, Alexis worked at American Express in the restaurant group and developed her passion for art at the ICA Philadelphia. Her favorite artists are currently Jock Sturges and Roxy Paine.
- Amit is the founder and CEO of Taykey, an advertising platform for the right now. As the CEO, Amit leads product, business strategy, execution and development of the company. Previously, Amit served in an elite military unit of the Israeli Defense Ministry, researching and developing innovative technologies. Prior to that, at the age of 17, Amit founded WittySearch, an award wining search engine. Amit attended college while studying in high-school and graduated with a Computer Science degree from The Open University of Israel. Taykey was named one of Israel’s “Top 10 Most Promising Companies” and Amit was named one of Israel’s “Top 30 under 30.
- Founding partner and CEO of StyleCaster Media Group, Goldberg is responsible for all aspects of the company’s business operations and development. He is an innovative entrepreneur with multi-faceted expertise in marketing, strategy, pop-culture, consumer behavior, and business development.Prior to launching StyleCaster in 2008, Goldberg served as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for LeBron James and LRMR Marketing. During this time he worked closely with some of the world’s best-known brand equities including Nike, Coca-Cola, Wrigley’s and Microsoft. Previous to LRMR, Goldberg was Director of Business Development for Steve Stoute at Translation Consultation + Brand Imaging. The firm combines pop culture and strategic brand positioning to connect Fortune 500 companies to the mindsets of young adults.
In addition to StyleCaster, Goldberg is also the co-founder of Sociocast Networks, a leading real-time social intelligence platform. He has been instrumental in starting a number of successful new ventures including Last Pictures, Qwiki and SaveFans among others. Goldberg holds degrees in both economics and political science from New York University, as well as a master’s degree in sports business from New York University. He currently resides in New York City.”
- “Before founding Farmigo, Benzi was Vice President of Product Management at SAP. Prior to SAP, he co-founded and was CEO of Octago Inc. based in San Francisco and was a product manager at both Microsoft and Netscape. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology. Farmigo brings the farmers’ market online, connecting food communities — such as workplaces, apartment complexes, community centers and schools — directly to multiple local farms to provide a personalized online marketplace for fresh-from-harvest food. The Farmigo team is dedicated to accelerating the adoption of an alternative food system by deliveries healthy locally grown food to households across the country.
- “Carter Cleveland is the founder and CEO of Artsy, a free platform where users can discover, learn about, and collect art. Artsy’s goal is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Artsy is powered by The Art Genome Project — an ongoing study of the characteristics that distinguish and connect works of art. Artsy creates new pathways for discovering art through 1211+ characteristics (called “genes”). Users can discover works through connections between art-historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities, creating infinite serendipitous opportunities for discovery and learning. Artsy received the Yahoo Rookie Disruptor Award at Techcrunch Disrupt in 2010 and was listed in Forbes’ Names you Need to Know in 2011.Cleveland attended Princeton University where he studied computer science and received his BSE in 2009. Before he
founded Artsy, Cleveland worked as a researcher at NASA and City College of New York, a software developer for Citigroup and was the 2nd employee at the venture-backed startup, Give Real. Cleveland also co-created the Faster Filter — a DRTV product that was licensed to Telebrands Corporation in 2009. Cleveland was listed in ARTINFO’s The 30-and-Under Crowd: The Art World’s Most Influential Young Figures of 2012 and named in Business Insider’s 25 and Under: Meet The Rising Stars in New York Tech of 2012.”
- “Media Entrepreneur Constantin Bjerke is the Founder and CEO of Crane.tv a digital media company, which in 2011 was named a “top ten European start-up to watch in 2011″ by the Wall Street Journal. Crane.tv is re-inventing cultural publishing as the first online video magazine for contemporary culture, with content syndicated to a wide array of sites including the Huffington Post, Wallpaper*, and the New York Times reaching an influential, world-wide audience.Constantin is a firm believer that brands need to make the transition from campaign driven marketing to editorially driven marketing to effectively engage consumers in the digital age. Consequently Crane.tv works with a number of cultural institutions and premium brands such as Ralph Lauren, BMW, American Express Centurion, Hennessy and Swarovski to help them develop and execute content strategies.
Constantin has over a decade of experience working in television and film production including branded content development with clients such as the FIFA World Cup, Mercedes Benz, Laureus World Sports Awards and Orascom. He also worked in finance at Lazard and Citigroup. Constantin holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole and a Master’s from ESCP, where he also lectures on intercultural negotiation.”
- David Steinberger is the co-founder and CEO of comiXology, the leading digital comics platform that was hailed by The New York Times as the “iTunes of comics.” ComiXology was ranked as the #3 top grossing iPad app of 2012 and is the only repeat app in the top ten in both 2011 and 2012. A long time comic fan and passionate entrepreneur, David ‘s inspiration for comiXology was shaped in NYU – Stern’s 2007 Business Plan competition. David designed comiXology’s Guided View Technology, the revolutionary way to read digital comics on mobile devices, which was celebrated by Wired Magazine as “mobile comics done right.” David holds an MBA from NYU – Stern School of Business, a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, and an Advanced Certificate from The Juilliard School.
- Eben is a founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and serves as its Executive Director; he is responsible for the overall software and hardware architecture of the Raspberry Pi, and for the Foundation’s relationships with its key suppliers and customers. In an earlier life, he founded two successful mobile games and middleware companies, Ideaworks 3d and Podfun, and held the post of Director of Studies for Computer Science at St John’s College, Cambridge. He holds a BA, a PhD, and an MBA, from the University of Cambridge.
- “Edward Barrow is the Co-founder and CEO of Idio, founded in 2006 with a vision to fundamentally change the way businesses communicate with their customers.At the intersection of big data, machine learning and content marketing, Idio’s platform is able to understand an individual’s interests and intent through their consumption of content, and predict the next best message to deliver to them, at the right time, in real time. Idio have been fortunate to work with clients like Diageo, Unilever, ITV, Universal Studios, O2 and NBC.
Prior to starting Idio, Edward was involved in KiQ, which transformed the CRM market through the pioneering use of predictive analytics, and was sold to Chordiant Inc (NASDAQ:CHRD) in 2004. Before this, he founded a successful independent record label and a music technology start-up, and holds a Bachelors Degree from University of Warwick, UK.”
- In 2010, Elias and his co-founders launched Songza, a ‘music concierge’ that improves your life by streaming the perfect playlist for whatever you’re doing (from waking up to sleeping, from working out to getting through the work day). Elias was included among the 2012 Forbes 30 under 30 in music. Elias Roman graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude from Brown University in 2006. Prior to graduation, he co-founded AmieStreet.com and was named as among Business Week’s ‘Top 25 Entrepreneurs in America Under 25.’ Amazon.com invested in AmieStreet, Inc. in 2007 and acquired the AmieStreet.com brand and customer base in 2010. Recent Songza Accolades: Apple “App Store Best of 2012”, Time Magazine’s “50 Best Websites of 2012”, PC Mag 2012 “Editors’ Choice”, Google Play “Editors’ Choice”, Apple App Store “Editors’ Choice”.
- “Jason Freedman is the founder of 42Floors, helping tenants discover their dream office.Before 42Floors, Jason founded FlightCaster (acquired in 2010). Jason majored in ‘Building Something People Want’ at that great institution of higher learning: Y Combinator. Of course, he still stubbornly insists he learned everything at summer camp.
He blogs at http://humbledMBA.com and is on twitter at @jasonfreedman”
- “Jason Richelson is the CEO and Founder of ShopKeep POS, a cloud-based iPad point of sale service for retailers.The simplest way to make smarter business decisions, ShopKeep POS is the affordable and complete platform for running a shop from an iPad with real-time reporting on the web.
Jason started his career in technology consulting at PriceWaterhouseCoopers but quickly veered onto a different path when he co-founded a tech company, InternetCash, in 1999. InternetCash created a way to pay on E-Commerce sites with prepaid cards sold at retail. After learning everything not to do in a fast-moving tech startup, Jason became the first employee at Bluefin Trading, where he was responsible for setting up all the technology for the new trading operation. He eventually became the assistant trader to the Managing Partner and also helped manage risk for the floor trading operations and upstairs option book.
Jason grew impatient with trading and was itching to start a new company. With his partner, Amy Bennett, he opened The Greene Grape wine store in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in 2004. That led to another wine store in lower Manhattan and then The Greene Grape Provisions store in Fort Greene. The Greene Grape grew to employ more than 70 people and was named the NYC Small Business of the Year in 2009 and Retailer of the Year in 2009 by the New York State Wine & Grape Foundation.
As CEO of ShopKeep POS since 2008, Jason has been featured in Inc. Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, WWD, ABC News and other nationwide publications.
More importantly, he is living his dream of using technology to remove the impediments of starting and running a successful retail business by continuing to grow ShopKeep POS into a dynamic service that allows merchants to better track their sales and operations while saving them time and money.”
- “Jeremy Friedman is Founder and CEO of Schoology, a leading cloud-based collaborative learning platform. As CEO, Jeremy directs corporate strategy, builds strategic partnerships, and ensures the product vision and Schoology platform experience exceeds the expectations of its users – nearly two million educators, students, administrators and parents.Since founding Schoology in late 2009, Jeremy has helped navigate the company through multiple financing rounds and successfully prepare for rapid growth, including the support of more than 30,000 schools and districts across the world.”
- “K Young is CEO and co-founder of Mortar Data. Mortar’s mission is to reduce the cost and expertise necessary to participate in the data revolution now underway in virtually every industry and discipline. Mortar believes that open source technologies that support collaboration will be crucial pieces of that future.Prior to founding Mortar Data, K built software that reaches one in ten public school students in the U.S. He holds a BA Computer Science from Rice University.”
- Lily has been working around public policy issues at the local and national level for over 10 years. She has been passionate about working for and around public sector issues and has a deep understanding of government needs and abilities. Lily has worked with Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Projects & Analytics Unit in the Department of Education, a $20B organization. Prior to that, she worked in the City of Long Beach, CA and the Transportation Security Administration in Washington, D.C.
- “Meghan Messenger serves as Co-Founder & Chief of Staff at Next Jump, Inc. (NxJ). Meghan started as a local sales intern for Next Jump in 1998 and helped grow the business though the first dot-com bubble to over 150 employees. A few years later, Next Jump survived the dot-com bust however shrunk down to just 4 employees in January of 2002. Meghan was part of the 4-person surviving team, becoming one of the founders of the restructured Next Jump. She then helped drive the majority of Next Jump’s revenue growth managing the merchant services division building over 30,000 merchant partnerships. She also helped build Next Jump’s senior management team, as well as recruit and train some of the best engineers in the country, building the Company back up to 200 employees. Experts have called Next Jump the Demonstration Project, proving the combination of caring for your employees and helping them grow as human beings is possible while making money and helping the world become a better place. Next Jump believes this is a pre-requisite in today’s human capital economy and calls it Better Me + Better You = Better Us.Meghan graduated from Fairfield University in 1999, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Marketing. She resides in New York City with her husband Mark and her two sons Matthew and Brendan.”
- Mei is Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ThinkEco, where she leads the company’s business strategy and marketing efforts. ThinkEco is a leading green technology company in NYC, most well known as the maker of the modlet (for the modern outlet) and the technology innovator behind the CoolNYC energy-saving program, which it has been running in partnership with Con Edison of New York for over 2 years. Prior to ThinkEco, Mei was Managing Director of Strategy and North American Executive Committee Member at communications agency Euro RSCG Life, where she helped numerous client brand teams commercialize their products. Her professional experience also includes a Worldwide Marketing Manager role at Pfizer and Equity Research Associate Analyst position at Smith Barney Citigroup. Mei received her BA, MS and MBA from Harvard University.
- “Pep Gomez is a 19 year-old Barcelona tech entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Fever, a social discovery tool that changes the way people make plans. Fever, which is also known as “the AirBnB of partying”, was initially launched last October in Barcelona, Madrid and Marbella, and is now planning their international expansion.So far, the company has raised $1.5m in seed capital and is backed by Jeff Pulver, Bernardo Hernandez (Google, Zagat), Gary Shainberg (BT), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) and many others.
Pep is one of the most well-known tech entrepreneurs in Spain. He holds a MSc in General Management by ESADE Business School and has been nominated as one of the “Top 35 innovators under 35″ from MIT.
He previously worked during two years in the Venture Capital industry in San Francisco, managing a Google’s VP private investment fund called Solon Venture Capital. He has also been an advisor of StepOne Ventures and Campus Party, the largest tech fest in the world.”
- Piraye Yurttas Beim, Ph.D. is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the New York City-based biotechnology company Celmatix Inc. Under Dr. Beim’s direction, Celmatix is developing the world’s first non-invasive, genetics-based female infertility diagnostic tests, which will help doctors guide women to fertility treatments most likely to work for them, improve the outcomes of those treatments, and identify at-risk women before they become infertile while options such as egg freezing are still available to them. Being able to predict infertility before it occurs will be transformative to women’s healthcare. The research Celmatix is conducting to develop these medical decision support tools will also enable the development of more effective infertility treatments and fertility preservations methods. The idea for Celmatix came to Dr. Beim during her postdoctoral work in the field of mammalian pre-implantation embryology at the Gurdon Institute of the University of Cambridge, UK. Her doctoral research at Cornell University, Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences/Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City had focused on a class of genes that cause infertility in experimental mouse models. While in the UK, she was able to interact more directly with fertility doctors and realized the wide gap that exists between the research breakthroughs being made on the bench and the application of those basic research discoveries to advancing reproductive medicine. With the conviction that the fastest way to bridge this gap was through a high impact biotech start up, she left academia in 2009 and returned to New York City to co-found Celmatix with Laura Bandak. Dr. Beim also holds a BA in Plan II Honors and a BS in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.
- “Rachel Shechtman is a fourth generation entrepreneur who loves finding the next big thing almost as much as sharing it with her clients. In 2003 and with Bliss Spas as her first client, Rachel launched Cube Ventures, a retail and marketing consultancy that has worked with clients such as: Gilt Groupe, Lord & Taylor and others. In January 2009, Rachel launched the marketing division of Cube Venture that creates brand to consumer relationships through meaningful partnerships and experiences and has worked with TOMS, Kraft Foods, JC Penney, GAP , AOL , CFDA and Moleskine.
In addition to her consultancy, today Rachel is bringing her strategies to life for herself through STORY, a new physical retail marketing experience on 10th Avenue and 19th st., in the heart of Chelsea in New York City. STORY is a space that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store. The concept initially launched in beta on December 1st with the exhibition A STARTUP STORE and on February 1st emerged with its permanent name, STORY and branding designed by the internationally acclaimed design firm Sagmeister & Walsh.Highlights since opening STORY include running a competition called Project Pop-up NYC for the City of New York and on behalf of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Fashion 2020 campaign – which opened on September 6th kicking off NY Fashion Week with a press conference by Mayor Bloomberg at STORY. Following in October 2012, STORY debuted its’ most interactive issue yet – MAKING THINGS, in partnership with GE. Anyone could make anything, from a toy on MakerBot 3D printers or etching just about anything on a laser cutter!In less than a year, STORY has received international attention from media near and far with key coverage in publications ranging from Forbes to Inc to WWD. Most recently, Rachel has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2012, included as a retailer to watch in Fortune’s 40 under 40 issues and her vision crosses continents in December when she is included in Italy’s Marie Claire’s 25 people who will share the future.”
- Rameet Chawla is the Founder of Fueled, a digital product design and development studio. With headquarters in New York City and offices in Chicago and London, Fueled is recognized internationally as a leader in cutting edge mobile application development. Fueled’s commitment to top notch mobile work has led to more than a quarter billion dollars’ worth of sales through mobile devices. Rameet also runs the Fueled Collective, a 12,000 square foot startup coworking space in lower Manhattan that houses over 20 startups and 100 entrepreneurs.
- “Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is the President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches, Inc., an eco-ethical lifestyle brand based in the Philippines that creates urban artisanal home and fashion masterpieces. Central to Rags2Riches’ purpose for being is the community of artisans who are lifting their families out of poverty through carefully crafting products from upcycled and indigenous materials. Rags2Riches has fostered sustainable partnerships with these artisans as well as premiere Philippine designers who re-imagine and interpret urban artisanal skills and indigenous materials.For the past 5 years, Reese and the Rags2Riches team were able to build an ecoethical, high value fashion and home brand in the Philippines that has trained 800 Filipino community-based artisans. Reese and the company have also been recognized internationally through the Business In Development Challenge Award, Ecouterre, Fast Company, Sundance Channel, and many others.
Because of her work in Rags2Riches, which is now considered one of the most successful and pioneering social enterprises in the Philippines and in Asia, Reese has been recognized as one of five Rolex Young Laureates for 2010, the youngest recipient in history of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service for 2010, Young Entrepreneur Awardee of the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2011, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2012, one of the top 20 of MEGA Magazine’s Global Filipinos, and one of ten of People Asia’s Women of Style and Substance.
Reese enjoys fostering sustainable partnerships, curating indigenous and handmade products from all over the world, and creating positive impact through design and social entrepreneurship.”
- Riggs Kubiak is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Honest Buildings Network, a global real estate platform connecting building decision makers to the most qualified building professionals and real estate solutions faster and more efficiently than ever before. Riggs has over 12 years of real estate experience, beginning as an undergraduate renting apartments at Boston College, moving to investment banking in New York and most recently spending five years in acquisitions, asset management, and sustainability for the global real estate firm Tishman Speyer. Honest Buildings’ mission is to connect and empower the real estate industry to make better decisions, more efficiently. Launched in March 2012, the HB Network has rapidly grown to tens of thousands of professionals, companies and projects connected with more than 750,000 buildings globally. The HB Network’s 3 solutions, HB Match, HB Portfolio, and HB Platform, offer real estate decision makers, building professionals and governments an integrated technology experience for making better building decisions and catalyzing innovative real estate solutions worldwide. Honest Buildings has offices in New York City, London, and Seattle.
- “Sachin is the CEO and co-founder of Parse.ly, an analytics and optimization company dedicated to empowering the web’s best publishers through data and insights. Dash, Parse.ly’s next-generation analytics tool, informs writers and editors which posts, sections, authors, and referrers are performing best on their site. It also automatically groups all of a publisher’s analytics data by topic and visualizes this data elegantly. Parse.ly also makes data directly actionable through the Parse.ly API, which allows publishers to easily build product on top of the structured data Parse.ly collects.Previously, Sachin started an edtech consulting company helping schools in NYC build, implement and manage technology. Prior to that, Sachin taught math and economics at an alternative high school in Brownsville, Brooklyn through the New York City Teaching Fellows.”
- “Shane Snow is a New York City-based technology journalist and Cofounder of Contently, a venture-backed startup that helps brands and journalists tell their stories and engage audiences. Originally from Idaho, he holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.A member of Sandbox Network and the Royal Society Of The Arts, Shane currently writes for WIRED Magazine and Fast Company, and has written for The Washington Post, Mashable, New Scientist, and more. He has designed infogaphics for MTV, Gizmodo, and The United Nations, and he was recently named to Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. When he’s not working or writing, Shane fuels his unhealthy obsession with pizza by reviewing NYC pizza joints on Twitter.”
- Urs is CEO of DealMarket (www.DealMarket.com) – the global Private Equity Platform providing access, choice and control across Private Equity and Venture Capital. DealMarket pursues the vision to build an ecosystem for investors and capital seekers to provide better, simpler and more transparent access to capital and investment opportunities around the world to foster entrepreneurship and democratize the PE & VC industry. Prior to DealMarket he was in the management team building up amiando, Europe’s leading online event registration and ticketing platform based in Munich. As Chief Sales & Customer Officer at amiando he was primarily responsible for building up and internationalizing the company from a small German start-up to an international company with 75 employees and offices in London, Paris and Hong Kong. He was also deeply involved in the successful trade sale of the company to XING. Prior to amiando, he was the CEO of Ticket Online AG, Switzerland and Country Manager Switzerland for Jamba! (Jamster) – One of the world’s leading mobile entertainment brands. He also is the owner of Haeusler Management & Ventures, an internet business consulting firm, since 2008. Urs also invested in some internet start-ups in Germany and Switzerland as a Business Angel. Urs studied Business at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland.
- Vipin Goyal is the Co-Founder & CEO of SideTour, a platform that helps people discover unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. Whether it’s sledding down the U.S. Luge track with a former Olympic medalist, learning the art of graffiti with an aerosol artist, or dining with an investment banker-turned-monk, SideTour’s mission is to help people experience the amazing world and the remarkable people that surround all of us. Vipin was previously VP of Business Development at Joost, the online video company started by the founders of Skype. Prior to Joost, he was Director of Strategy & Business Development at MTV Networks International. And Vipin began his career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, in Chicago and Mumbai. He holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Vipin is an avid traveler and in the fall of 2009, he and his wife decided to leave their jobs and travel around the world. Their itinerary took them from Africa to the Middle East, India, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They blogged about their experiences along the way at twonomads.org. The idea for SideTour was born out of that trip.
- Zach Sims is the cofounder and CEO of Codecademy, the easiest way to learn to code. Codecademy has attracted millions of students all over the world in its effort to create a learning community where students learn by doing. Codecademy students have written billions of lines of code together and hail from nearly every country in the world. Codecademy is backed by investors including Union Square Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures, and Richard Branson. Zach has been named to Forbes Magazine and Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 lists of entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Codecademy, Zach was an early member of the team at GroupMe, a group-texting service that sold to Skype a year after its founding. He has also worked in venture capital at AOL Ventures and as a member of the team at drop.io (sold to Facebook). Zach dropped out of Columbia University.